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Revival of Modern Hebrew Began - Oct. 13, 1881

The revival of modern Hebrew began on this day in 1881, when Eliezer Ben-Yehuda began speaking it exclusively among friends and family.

First Use of the Iron Lung - Oct. 12, 1928

An iron lung was used for the first time on this day in 1928. There's more about iron lungs and their uses in polio cases in the January 30, 2017 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class, "Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement," and the November 11, 2011 episode, "Polio: The Dread Disease."

Vatican II Opened - Oct. 11, 1962

The Second Vatican Council, also known as Vatican II, opened on this day in 1962.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko Died - Oct. 10, 1974

Assassin Lyudmila Pavlichenko died on this day in 1974. There's more about her in the May 15, 2017 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class, "Six Impossible Episodes: Soldiers, Snipers and Spies"

Che Guevara Executed - Oct. 9, 1967

Che Guevara was executed on this day in 1967.

Alvin York Captured Machine Gun Nest - Oct. 8, 1918

Alvin York led a group of soldiers to capture a German machine gun nest on this day in 1918. There's more in the October 3, 2018 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Desmond Tutu Born - Oct. 7, 1931

Desmond Tutu was born on this day in 1931.

First Peacetime Train Robbery in U.S. - Oct. 6, 1866

The Reno Brothers staged the first peacetime train robbery in the U.S. on this day in 1866.

Women's March on Versailles - Oct. 5, 1789

Women marched on Versailles on this day in 1789. There's more to the story in the February 8, 2017 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

First Paris-Istanbul Run of the Orient Express - Oct. 4, 1883

The Orient Express started its service from Paris to Istanbul, then often called Constantinople, on this day in 1883.

Italy Invaded the Ethiopian Empire - Oct. 3, 1935

Italy invaded the Ethiopian Empire, also known as Abyssinia, on this day in 1935.

Perejil (Parsley) Massacre Began - Oct. 2, 1937

The Perejil, or Parsley, Massacre began on this day in 1937.

People's Republic of China Formed - Oct. 1, 1949

Mao Zedong proclaimed the formation of the People's Republic of China on this day in 1949. There's more in the Stuff You Missed in History Class episodes "The Great Leap Forward" (September 1, 2014), "The Great Famine" (September 8, 2014), "China's Cultural Revolution: Red Guard and Purges" (September 15, 2014), and "China's Cultural Revolution: Rewriting a Nation" (September 17, 2014).

Boeing 747 Introduced - Sept. 30, 1968

The Boeing 747 was introduced on this day in 1968.

Rudolf Diesel Died - Sept. 29, 1913

Rudolf Diesel disappeared on this day in 1913, which is also marked as the date of his death.

Lilian Bland Born - Sept. 28, 1878

Lilian Bland was born on this day in 1878. Learn more in the July 13, 2016 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Suleiman's Siege of Vienna Began - Sept. 27, 1529

Suleiman's siege of Vienna began on this day in 1529. Learn more in the July 7, 2014 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Johnny Appleseed Born - Sept. 26, 1774

Johnny Appleseed was born on this day in 1774. There's more in the March 18, 2013 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Treaty of York - Sept. 25, 1237

The Treaty of York formalized the border between England and Scotland on this day in 1237.

Benedict Arnold Escaped - Sept. 24, 1780

Benedict Arnold escaped on this day in 1780.